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Cygnus X-2
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4 stars Incredible live outing from the Gabriel Era of Genesis. All the tracks here are superbly played and quite possibly better than their studio counterparts. Collins' drums sound incredibly better than they do on the Nursery Cryme album and Foxtrot, Hackett plays incredible leads (The Knife) and rich atmospheres during the Musical Box, etx. Rutherford continues playing complicated bass lines and Banks continues to take the musical spotlight with his magnificent organ and keyboard work. Gabriel's voice is refreshing and he performs the material quite well.

All the tracks here are standouts. From the mellotron drenched intro of Watcher of the Skies, to the almost Legend of Zelda-esque intro to Return of the Giant Hogweed. The solos on all these tracks are stunning, nothing short of breathtaking. Although Supper's Ready would have been a welcome addition to this album, it isn't needed because the material presented is incredibly strong. Banks' best performance would have to be Watcher of the Skies, with anxious mellotron and triumphant organ dispersed between Hackett fills. Rutherford is a joy on Return of the Giant Hogweed with what could be his most intricate bass line. Collins' plays the material at the same level he always does and is nothing short of excellent.

Overall, if you want live Genesis with Gabriel and are not willing to spend the money on the Archive 69-75, this is your album. Great work from this quintet. 4.5/5.

Cygnus X-2 | 4/5 |


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